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Chelsea to replace Mata with Barkley in the summer
The Daily Telegraph claim Chelsea are targeting Ross Barkley to replace Juan Mata, as Jose Mourinho is concerned about the number of homegrown players in his squad.
They won't get Barkley right now, because as much as anything he's injured, but they hope to make a move in the summer.
The paper reports: 'Chelsea have a close relationship with Everton, having sent striker Romelu Lukaku on loan to Goodison Park. Chairman Bruce Buck and technical director Michael Emenalo met Everton chairman Bill Kenwright in London recently, although the exact reason for the high-powered get-together is not known.
'What is clear is that Chelsea have earmarked Barkley as a key target and Mata's departure will free up cash and space in Mourinho's squad to try to get him.'